How to Break the Grip of Writer’s Block

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Having to write with a deadline in view can produce the frustration of writer’s block. If there is no deadline, no one worries about it when ideas for writing do not flow. It is not usually a question of whether you will get writer’s block. Eventually, everyone who writes will develop it. Finding a way to get the words flowing can be difficult.

Find time to think without distractions.


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Writer’s block tends to attack when a person has too many things going on at one time. Distractions and too many commitments are enemies of the writer. You have to find a way to separate yourself from these burdens. It may require that you travel away from your home to find enough free time to allow thoughts to gel into ideas for your writing.

The pressure of the deadline may need to be relieved.


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Thinking on demand is not something that very many people can do well. Most deadlines that are not for periodicals can be extended. Even a couple of weeks extension can bring a lot of mental relief. For periodical writing, you may need to have a talk with your editor. Sometimes the original assignment was not presented properly. This can increase the difficulty level of the assignment. The editor may also be able to add additional ideas to get the brain perking.

Try writing on something else to get the confidence going.


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Fighting writer’s block is a lot like trying to will yourself to sleep when insomnia strikes. It seems like trying harder to go to sleep only results in the insomnia getting worse. Worrying about a writing assignment will only cause you to have more trouble writing. Find a new topic that has interest to you but no deadline and write. It can even be diary entries. As you write, often ideas for your primary assignment will start to erupt in your head.

Write down random thoughts about your subject.


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When you have a low interest in the topic that you have been assigned for writing, it can cause trouble keeping the assignment in focus. Often, random ideas will spring into your thinking. It may just be a few lines or a sentence. Jot it down to use a as reference for later. Many times, these random thoughts can be like tender to help get the real fire started. This type of block usually comes when a teacher or boss hands you an assignment that you really do not like or want to write about.

Read what others have written on the topic.


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If the problem is that you cannot find the right approach to the material, take some time to read what other writers have written on the subject. You want to avoid using their work or even paraphrasing what they have written. However, it can serve to give you ideas to divide the work to write in smaller pieces. You may even see an approach that was missed by other writers to use as a basis for your piece.

Do additional research on a big topic.


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You may have a block because the topic exceeds your understanding. You may need to do additional research to educate yourself about the material. When you have enough knowledge about the topic, the writing will usually start to take shape in your head. It can then be translated to paper.

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